Research Veterinary Medical Officer (Research Associate)
Department Of Agriculture - Ames, IA

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The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the United States Department of Agriculture's chief scientific research agency and one of the world's premiere scientific organizations. ARS Postdoctoral Research Associates are hired to supplement a lead scientist's research on agricultural problems of high national priority affecting American agriculture.

This position requires the selectee to undergo a Special Agreement Check (SAC) and a full background investigation. Final approval of your appointment, which will result in an official offer of employment, is contingent upon the favorable results of the SAC. Retention in this position is contingent on a favorable background investigation. KEY REQUIREMENTS

A Ph.D. is required
SAC clearance and full background investigation required for BSL-3 facility

Medical clearance required for wearing a respirator DUTIES:
Major Duties:
The incumbent will conduct research studies in the Bacterial Diseases of Livestock Research Unit and works as a team member in individual or collaborative research projects. As a scientist within the unit, the incumbent is responsible for coordinating and conducting research projects as well as preparing technical reports and manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals on basic and/or applied work relevant to disease in domestic livestock and/or wildlife hosts. Specifically, the incumbent will evaluate gene regulation and expression during disease using transcriptome or proteasome technologies, immune responses to infection or vaccination, and characterize vaccine mediated protection against infection. The candidate will also contribute to work developing new diagnostics for animal disease.

Successful completion of the research objectives will result in an improved understanding of the disease pathogenesis protective immunity, basic biology in animal hosts, and contribute to the development of intervention strategies for disease problems in domestic livestock or wildlife. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Basic Qualifications:
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent degree, i.e., Veterinary Medical Doctor (VMD), obtained at a school or college of veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on accredited veterinary medical schools. See http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs0700/0701.asp for information on foreign veterinary medical school degree requirements.

In addition: This position requires a Ph.D which provides the knowledge of disease pathophysiology, epidemiology, immunology, and/or pathogenesis. Experience working with domestic livestock or wildlife including obtaining animal samples is required.
Applicants must meet basic Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standard's requirements of the scientific discipline necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.

This position has a positive education requirement. You must submit a copy of your academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify education when applying for this position. If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty. Application materials will not be returned.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website for additional information on this topic.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated to determine if you meet eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) associated with the position as defined above under "Qualifications". BENEFITS:

A Benefits Package will be authorized for appointments made for a period of more than one year. Additional information about Federal benefits can be obtained at
http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc . OTHER INFORMATION:

Relocation and Other Incentives:
Payment of relocation expenses and other incentives will be determined in accordance with P&P 412.5, Recruitment and Retention Incentives and Other Special Pay, Sections 6 and 7, as amended by Bulletins 03-402 and 05-412.5, which may be found at http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/ppweb/Bulletins/05-412-5.pdf . See also http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/hrd/staffing_recruit/reloweb.htm .

Veteran's Preference: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach member 4 copy of your DD-214. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

False Statements:
If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; may be fired after beginning work; or may be fined or jailed.

Optional Form 306 (Declaration for Federal Employment):
If you are selected for this position, you will be required to complete this form before an offer may be made.

Selective Service System:
Males over age 18 who were born after December 31, 1959, must have registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) to be eligible for Federal employment.

ARS Reasonable Accommodation Contact Information:
If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on 202-855-1234 (TDD).

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